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January 29, 2015
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TripAdvisor names Woodloch best for families

HAWLEY, PA — Woodloch Pines, a family resort located in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, has been selected by TripAdvisor as the number one best large hotel for families in the United States and the sixth best in the world for its annual Travelers’ Choice Awards.

TripAdvisor represents the world’s largest online travel community. The best resorts for families were awarded based upon those that were most highly rated by people traveling with their families.  Read more

Take Your Child to the Library Day

MONTICELLO, NY — Come to the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library on Saturday, February 7 for Take Your Child to the Library Day. Sign up your child for a library card, and pick up a few books to read. Craft supplies will be out all day for you to make your own creations, and there will be a movie at 2:30 p.m.  Read more

UDC officers to be sworn in

NARROWSBURG, NY — Magisterial District Judge Ronald J. Edwards will preside over a swearing-in ceremony for officers of the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) on Thursday, February 5, at 7 p.m. at the UDC office located at 211 Bridge St. The public is welcome to attend. A reception with cake and coffee will take place at the end of the monthly business meeting.

The 2015 UDC officers who will take their oaths are Chairperson Alan Henry, Berlin Township, PA; Vice-Chairperson Susan Sullivan, Town of Tusten; and Secretary-Treasurer Jeffrey Dexter, Damascus Township, PA.  Read more

Farm tax workshop

LIBERTY, NY — A farm tax workshop will be offered on Wednesday, February 4 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County’s (CCESC) Agriculture program. It will be held at the CCESC Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Getting certified for farmers’ market nutrition programs

LIBERTY, NY — There will be a free workshop on Thursday, February 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan, to help farmers and farmers’ market managers receive certification to accept Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks, including WIC (Women Infant and Child) FMNP checks, Senior FMNP checks, and WIC Vegetables and Fruits Checks. It will also discuss the advantages of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) and how to accept SNAP benefits at a farmers’ market.  Read more

‘The Art of Being Wrong’

BEACH LAKE, PA — Ginny Nordstrom will share highlights from poet, novelist and Zen teacher Henry Shukman’s essay, “The Art of Being Wrong” at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, February 1 at the Berlin Township Community Center. “Being wrong can be the best thing that ever happened to us.” In both literature and spiritual life, when the expected view of the world is knocked away, the pivot itself, rather than a new view or a resolution, can be liberating, transformative and connective to others.  Read more

Driver safety course

CALLICOON, NY — The Delaware Youth Center will host a six-hour National Traffic Safety Institute (NTSI) Driver Safety Course from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 7. The course is sponsored by Catskill Hudson Bank and Chaljeri Meats.  Read more

Renaissance volunteer open house

FERNDALE, NY — Individuals interested in making a difference in Sullivan County are invited to an open house for volunteeers on Wednesday, February 4 at 7 p.m. in the CVI Building at 165 Sullivan Ave.

The evening offers an opportunity to learn details about the variety of ways volunteers can share their skills, both as part of the Sullivan Renaissance Volunteer Corps and directly in local communities throughout the county.  Read more

Aging in community

BEACH LAKE, PA — The Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and friends will continue its discussion and shared reading of the book “Aging in Community” at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, January 25 at the Berlin Township Community Center. The chapters discussed will be: “A Little Help from Our Friends” on pages 101-112 and “Life at Beacon Hill Village” on pages 165-167. Visit www.vtnetwork.org to read more about this growing movement. There will be conversation and refreshments after the service. For directions visit www.uduuf.org/directions.

Pike chamber sets annual meeting

MILFORD, PA — The Pike County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual installation dinner and general membership meeting on January 28 at 5:30 p.m. At the meeting, new directors will be inducted, and the new slate of officers for 2015 will be installed. The ceremony and dinner will be at The Waterwheel Café. The fee is $31 for Pike Chamber members and $41 for non-members. If you are interested in attending, call to make a reservation at 570/296-8700.  Read more

Did You Know?

This is a picture of Bill Nober on Tannery Pond in Cochecton Center. It shows an ice elevator, or portable conveyor, built by Nober. After cutting the ice in the lake, chunks were put on the homemade contraption and loaded on the truck. The ice was used to fill ice houses at Camps Swago, Swatona, Chiccopee, Wayne County Club, Camp Harley, Camp Mitchell, Milanville Creamery and Cochecton Creamery. During the storm of 1942, the dam at Tannery Pond gave way, draining the lake and entering Tannery Pond into the pages of history.  Read more

Talks on epilepsy at the senior centers

NORTHEAST, PA — Mary Loughlin, Northeast region resource coordinator for the Epilepsy Foundation, is the guest speaker at the Wayne County Senior Centers this month. Her program will start with epilepsy bingo at 11:15 a.m. followed by a brief informational talk about epilepsy.  Read more

Learn food dehydration

LIBERTY, NY — A workshop on how to safely and successfully preserve food through the dehydration process will be offered on Saturday, January 31, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s Master Food Preservation program will offer this workshop at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center at 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Participants will enjoy various prepared, dehydrated food samples including dried fruit and jerky.  Read more

Doubles bowling with the Elks

MONTICELLO, NY — Monticello Elks Lodge #1544 will present its 16th annual Scotch Doubles Bowling Tournament at Kiamesha Lanes on Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m.

Each team will consist of one male and one female. There will be four games of no-tap bowling plus a full chicken barbeque including beer, wine and soda at the Elks Lodge following the tournament. There will be prizes for the top three teams.

The suggested donation is $40 per team. Reserve by February 28 by contacting Dean Shattuck at 845/794-1172.

Kindergarten registration

MILFORD, PA — The Kindergarten registration process for Delaware Valley Elementary School’s 2015–2016 Kindergarten class will begin with a parent meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, with a snow date of Wednesday, March 11.  Read more

Sleigh of Goodies winners

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The winners of the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce 10th annual Sleigh of Goodies raffle were drawn in late December. This season’s winners are Julie Gray of Liberty, Emma Wegener of Roscoe and Thomas Ellison of Livingston Manor. For more on what they thought about being a Sleigh of Goodies winner and shopping locally, see www.livingstonmanor.org.

Get help enrolling in health marketplace

REGION — Maternal-Infant Services Network, Inc. (MISN) provides navigators to help you, your family, or your small business apply for affordable health insurance through the New York State of Health Marketplace. Our staff provides one-on-one assistance in both English and Spanish, free of charge. Open enrollment ends on February 15. Call 800/453-4666.

UDC committees meet

NARROWSBURG — The Upper Delaware Council’s (UDC) Project Review and Operations Committees will meet on Tuesday, January 27, at the UDC office, 211 Bridge St.  Read more

Community EaT Kitchen opens at CCE

LIBERTY, NY — The new Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) Entrepreneurial and Teaching (EaT) Kitchen will have its official grand opening and ribbon-cutting on Friday, January 30, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. The kitchen is located at CCESC’s Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. A light lunch will be provided by Natural Valley Kitchen of Jeffersonville.  Read more

Trip to Mohegan Sun

HAMLIN, PA — The Hamlin Senior Center’s first bus trip for 2015 will be on Friday, January 23, with a snow date of Monday, January 26. The destination is the Mohegan Sun Casino in Wilkes-Barre.
This year, casinos are requiring everyone to have a valid photo ID to receive free play. Valid up-to-date ID’s are drivers’ licenses, state-issued IDs, passports or military IDs. Manager Debbie is working on more 2015 bus trips. If you have a special place you would like to visit, call her at 570/689-3766 with your ideas.