MONTICELLO, NY — At the start of each new year on the Jewish calendar, Jews start reading the Torah from the beginning. This means that the scroll must be rewound to the other end.
Temple Sholom of Monticello does it differently. The congregants unwind the entire scroll and check each section for signs of wear, which must be repaired to make the Torah scroll “kosher.”
Temple Sholom welcomes everyone to attend Simchat Torah services this Friday evening, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. to take part in this joyous and unusual ceremony. For further information, visit www.templesholomny.org
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeffersonville Enhances More of Sullivan (JEMS) has compiled a cookbook titled “Tasteful JEMS,” which is now available for sale. Its 140 recipes, from appetizers to desserts, are tried and true, according to taste testers in the community. Each recipe includes the contributor’s name, so it’s easy to find the recipes of friends and loved ones.
Special features include an article by Kathy Welton titled, “When Hardy Settlers Decided to Stay;” it tells the history of Jeffersonville and includes many old photos of “the way life used to be.” Read more
HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Sullivan County Historical Society in Hurleyville (the Museum and Research Center) is looking for volunteers in many areas, especially genealogy. No specific skills are required but enthusiasm is a must. Two to four hours a week (or more) would be desirable. Call the museum or drop by for more information, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call 845/434-8044.
LIBERTY, NY — Sullivan Renaissance is accepting applications for early admission to its 2015 community beautification grant program. Organizations that are considering gardening projects next year can get an assessment and review from Sullivan Renaissance staff this fall.
Applicants will be notified before Thanksgiving whether they have been approved for a grant in the 2015 program. For groups that are unable to apply early, applications will still be accepted until March 18, 2015. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — From now through December 14, Peck’s Markets at all five locations in Sullivan County will collect food donations for local food pantries. Items needed include soup, tuna fish, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, tomato sauce, canned fruit, boxed rice, canned meat, macaroni and cheese and more.
At the end of the drive, Peck’s will match what was donated in food, last year matching over $700 in food donated by shoppers. You can also make a monetary donation at the register on behalf of the food pantry. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — The public is invited to the annual local history gathering of the Tusten Historical Society on Sunday, October 19, at 2 p.m. at Tusten Town Hall. On view for the first time will be the recently completed display panels on The Era of Aviation in Narrowsburg, replete with photo reproductions and text. Light refreshments will be provided. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — On Sunday, October 12, the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Service (TVAS) celebrated 45 years of continuous service with a pig roast at Fireman’s Field. Pastor Don Beck, a founding member, recalls the first ambulance as one that had limited equipment. In comparison to today’s ambulances it “almost seemed like all we had on the ambulance was band aids,” he said. There have been a lot of changes in the TVAS over the years. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Kids ages eight through 11 are invited to a zombie program at the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library on October 23 at 6:15 p.m. Make zombies just in time for Halloween. Pick a figurine and make it into the ultimate zombie. Pick out their walking speed, how they became infected, and what they do in their new zombie life. Also practice your zombie walk, and maybe pick at a few brains.
Registration for this program is required, and space is limited. For more information and to register, call Joanna at 845/794-4660, ext. 8.
ROCK HILL, NY — Nana’s House Child Care Center, Inc. will host a Trunk or Treat Event on Friday, October 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Trunk or Treat is a Halloween event that is community sponsored. People gather and park their cars in a large parking lot. They open their trunks, or the backs of their vehicles, and decorate them. Then they pass out candy from their trunks. The event provides a safe family environment for trick-or-treaters. Decorations can include using pumpkins, spider webbing, spiders, brooms, bats, cauldrons and scary stuff. Activities are at a nominal cost. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The Kiwanis Club of Monticello recently hosted its 69th annual installation dinner at the Blue Horizon Diner. Newly elected Lt. Governor Gerda Krogslund installed the following club officers for 2014-2015: president Jane Sorensen; first vice president Sheila Lashinsky; second vice president Deborah Kaplan, treasurer Janet Siano and secretary Kathy Garlick.
Legion of Honor Recipients were Robert Huebner for 35 years of service and Karen Linen and Linda Barriger for 25 years of service to Kiwanis Club of Monticello. Read more